Well, as expected, the Rebels picked up their fourth win of the season last week, defeating the mighty Aggies of New Mexico State by a final score of 41-3. It was never in doubt and Ole Miss racked up 606 total yards, including 447 on the ground. Freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee led the way with 177 yards and two scores, helping him earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
But, now it gets real.
Like, really, really, really real.
LSU is coming off a road victory of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Bayou Bengals appear to be the best team in college football not named “Ohio State”. Sure, this could be a letdown spot for Ed Orgeron’s team, but it won’t matter. LSU is too good at every position and their quarteback, Joe Burrow, is arguably the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and he and his receivers should carve up an Ole Miss secondary that is sitting at 118th in the country.
Sure, the other numbers are great, but even if Mike MacIntyre’s 26th-ranked rush defense holds Clyde Edwards-Helaire in check, that will just force the Tigers to go through the air to either Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, and Terrace Marshall, Jr. It’s all bad, y’all. Just get to the stadium early and start double-fisting crispy boys, get that mind right.
Maybe John Rhys Plumlee, Jerrion Ealy, and Snoop Conner get loose a couple times and bust a few big ones, but Ole Miss’ inability to throw the football to keep Dave Aranda’s defense honest is ultimately going to doom them from the jump. LSU will make short work of this Rebel team and unfortunately, despite another great effort from the Landsharks, they will be beached from LSU’s high-powered attack.
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Red Cup Panel Predictions
Bob Lynch — LSU 42, Ole Miss 10
It’ll be bad. Joe Burrow will not struggle to get the ball to his receivers, and the Ole Miss defense will stay on the field too long to be effective in stopping the run. The Ole Miss offense, being one that lives and dies on big run plays, will ineffective against LSU’s front. Maybe special teams will be okay? Either way, superior talent and preparation is why LSU is where they are, and they’ll demonstrate that pretty easily in Oxford.
One Man To Beat — Ole Miss 28, LSU 27
The Rebels come out and play inspired defense against an LSU offensive line with a couple holes in it. The Tigers walk in with swagger from a Bama win it has dreamed of for years, and it limps away humbled by the leading rushing attack in the SEC.
whiskeywednesday — LSU 59, Ole Miss 7
We’ve packed it in. Ed Orgeron replicates his worst Ole Miss losses from the other sideline.
TwoYardsandaCloudofEnricky — LSU 42, Ole Miss 13
Hold it close in the first quarter and then LSU blows it open. Ed Orgeron continues to throw the ball into the fourth quarter because he hates us despite the fact that we gave him his big break.
Ben Woodhouse — LSU 41, Ole Miss 13
LSU big after a sleepy start coming off the emotional win over Alabama
Gray Hardison — LSU 36, Ole Miss 18
Give me a delicious, Catfish Atchafalaya Alabama hangover special (related, I could HAMMER this dish at almost any hour of the day or night). While the score might remain relatively close, the outcome will never be in doubt. What could be in doubt is whether there are more LSU fans than Ole Miss fans in the stadium.
Zach Berry — LSU 52, Ole Miss 20
Sure it will be close early, similar to the Alabama game earlier this season when the Rebels outscored the Tide in the first quarter. But, too much Joe Burrow and too less of a balanced attack for the Rebels ends this one before halftime.
Juco All-American — INVALID ENTRY
I refuse to comment further on Ole Miss football.
Michael Borkey — LSU 48, Ole Miss 17
Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s close early but Ole Miss’ inability to move the football against competent defenses will give way to a hungover LSU team eventually. When you don’t have a passing threat you’re not going to compete against teams like this.
Christoph Ludwig — LSU 55, Ole Miss 10
This one is never close. Joe Burrow picks apart the Ole Miss secondary early and often, and the Rebs never get going on offense.
Nicholas Carr — LSU 45, Ole Miss 17
All week folks have said they can see LSU sleep walking this weekend and I can too. Unfortunately, that’s just how good this offense is. Ole miss only scores 17 because LSU keeps giving us the ball back.
Grayson Weir — LSU 38, Ole Miss 14
Mike MacIntyre’s defense keeps the Tigers under 250 yards rushing for the first time in four years, but Joe Burrow adds to his Heisman resume and blows it open in the second half.